Shelter, food and water in short supply for Ambae volcano evacuees

Evacuees recently disembarked from a landing vessel line the shore at Waluriki, north Ambae island yesterday. Photo: John Metojoe/Facebook

Evacuees recently disembarked from a landing vessel line the shore at Waluriki, north Ambae island yesterday. Photo: John Metojoe/Facebook

The Vanuatu Government has released Vt 200 million for the immediate needs of the people of Ambae whose lives have been dislocated by the weekend’s volcanic activity. People from the south of the island have been evacuated from their villages and are now sheltering in school and church buildings in villages in the north and east of the island.

Vanuatu Red Cross is taking water to evacuees on Ambae aboard the RVS Tukoro. Photo: Vanuatu Red Cross via Twitter

Vanuatu Red Cross is taking water to evacuees on Ambae aboard the RVS Tukoro. Photo: Vanuatu Red Cross via Twitter


They have great need of shelter, food and water and the Government says the Vt 200 million will go towards supplying the evacuees’ basic needs. The National Disaster Management Office and the Vanuatu Police made a final check that all inhabitants have been removed from the danger areas. The Police sent personnel to manage the refugees via patrol vessel RVS Tukoro from Vila this morning and the ship picked additional personnel from Luganville this afternoon.

The volcano on Lopevi has had its alert level raised from 1 to 2 as it is also showing renewed signs of activity. Both Marum and Benbow on Ambrym are now categorised as level 3 – the stage of major unrest.

The Vanuatu National Provident Fund General Manager, Parmod Achary, has said the Fund will start paying the interest on members’ contributions, something it has failed to do in recent years. Members will learn the rate being paid later this year and new GM Achary said he is committed to growing members’ funds. He will be working closely with the Board and the Investment Team to ensure the maximum return from each investment.

Vanuatu PM Charlot Salwai addresses the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York, 21 September 2017 Photo: UN

PM Charlot Salwai addresses the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York, 21 September 2017 Photo: UN/Cia Pak

The Prime Ministers of both Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands have accused the United Nations of turning a “deaf ear” to human rights atrocities in the Indonesian province of West Papua, the Guardian newspaper has reported following the leaders’ statements to the General Assembly. The Vanuatu PM referred to the international community witnessing a gamut of torture, murder, exploitation, sexual violence and arbitrary detention being inflicted on the West Papuans.

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One Comment on “Shelter, food and water in short supply for Ambae volcano evacuees”

  1. bridget burt says:

    Dear Bob, Bridget says that your succinct prose, and shrewdly accurate views are to cease. Worse is that you may not be in 🇻🇺 in April. Your international fans, including me! Will really miss you. Your presence as well as your media career is so much a part of recent times in Vanuatu, that -who will fill your absence?
    Meanwhile, please keep in touch, and you are always welcome @ Winford should you struggle through mists, rain and arctic temperatures to visit the UK. Fondest love, John and Bridget

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